| May 21, 2014
| 5:22 PM
House Democratic leader Nancy Pelosi said Wednesday she would appoint Rep. Elijah E. Cummings of Baltimore to lead Democrats on a controversial select committee to investigate the 2012 attack in Benghazi, Libya, that left four Americans dead.
| May 12, 2014
| 8:00 AM
After endlessly trying to repeal and replace "Obamacare," the GOP has come up empty-handed. The health-care law appears to be gaining more public acceptance. So congressional Republicans are doing what they can to revive another old hobby horse —...
| Apr 23, 2014
| 6:27 AM
Gov. Martin O'Malley left Tuesday for a five-day trip to Europe that includes a "congressional pilgrimage" to northern Ireland and a conference in Amsterdam.
The governor, whose Irish heritage inspired his Celtic rock band and his taste in poetry,...
| Feb 19, 2014
| 7:29 AM
Howard Friedman has heard the chatter from his own community to Capitol Hill — sometimes questions, sometimes complaints about the federal workforce, its size and its cost.
The Gaithersburg man, an attorney and union leader at the U.S. Patent...
| Nov 14, 2013
| 4:57 PM
Baltimore Sun staff and wire reports
— With millions of consumers — including 73,000 Marylanders — getting health insurance cancellation notices, President Barack Obama announced Thursday that he will encourage insurers to continue...
| Nov 2, 2013
| 8:00 AM
If they awarded medals for linguistic gymnastics, The Sun editorial staff would take the gold.
For the hundreds of thousands, soon to be millions, the abrupt cancellation of individual health insurance policies is, according to the Sun, "hardly a...
| Oct 21, 2013
| 6:00 AM
If I had been a GOP senator or representative back when the Democrats rammed through the Affordable Care Act in 2010, I would certainly be fit to be tied and try to fight back. Let's review just some of the shenanigans the Democrats perpetrated.
| Oct 16, 2013
| 6:20 AM
Maybe we wouldn't be dealing with a government shutdown if Sergio Vitale owned a restaurant in Washington.
A Democrat and Republican gubernatorial candidate chatted amicably at Vitale's Little Italy Restaurant Monday evening before retreating to private...
| Sep 12, 2013
| 8:28 AM
"One does not sharpen the axes after the right time; after the time they are needed." — Russian Proverb
The late Ukrainian violinist Mischa Elman is considered one of the greatest of all time, but he has nothing on Russian President Vladimir...
| Nov 22, 2013
| 8:23 AM
There's not much left to be said about John Kennedy. I can't say I really knew him. But I did meet him a few times, and on the last occasion, he actually called me by name (good staff work, I'm sure).
There weren't many Maryland politicians who backed...
| Nov 19, 2013
| 4:30 AM
"Dissent is the highest form of patriotism." During George W. Bush's term that sentiment was often seen, usually with a statement of support for Democratic Party candidates. Now that President Barack Obama is in office, those who dissent are vilified...
| Nov 18, 2013
| 4:30 AM
Thanks to The Sun's editorial writers for a hearty laugh when they wrote recently that "the president may have over-generalized the benefits of the ACA before and after its passage, particularly the pledge that everyone could keep their existing coverage"...